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Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Battleship Brewhouse is a vibrant spot in the cesspool that is Fall River, MA. The once thriving economy, built on textile and mill-based industry that kept the city afloat, has dissipated and given way to a morass of crime and iniquity. However, this place is a nice respite from all of that. And, even the run down booze mill of a liquor store across the street from the Brewhouse just started carrying DFH.
Anyway, It is located in a strip mall next to a bunch of semi-occupied storefronts, a dunkin donuts, and an appliance store. The inside is very nicely maintained, albeit small and often uncomfortable when crowded. But, they really use the space they occupy well.
The draft selection is varied, usually 20 or so beers on tap. They carry everything from adjunct lagers (usually coors) and guiness to all strains of craft beer. The majority of the craft selection is American. Everything is represented from "larger" craft breweries like DFH, to very local breweries like Mayflower. Some highlights for me have been the Mayflower Porter from a cask, Allagash Black, Gulden Draak, 21st Amendment's Monk's Blood, and Hibernation Ale. There is almost always some kind of great divide beer on tap, i think the owner really digs that brewery. All the glassware is style-specific and clean.
They've got another 80 or so beers in bottles, but nothing really rare or particularly difficult to come by. The bottle list is nothing you cant get by taking a 15 min drive over to Yankee Spirits in Swansea, thereby saving yourself a bunch of money.
Theyve got a beer club, and i believe that they only let beer club members take 1 oz. samples from the taps.
The food (the limited amount of food i had) was very good. The service can be specious when its busy, which can get a little bothersome. But i understand that its tough to deal with so many people in such a small place, especially in a town like Fall River where you'll get some characters roving around the bars from time to time.
Overall, every time ive been has been an enjoyable experience. The owner is very approachable and friendly. This isn't a very snobby place, and i get the feeling its geared toward a clientele (myself included) that is getting into craft beer and doesn't quite know everything there is to know. Its a great place, especially considering the location and the lack of any other brewpubs until you reach Pour Farm 30 minutes east (New Bedford, MA) or Trinity 30 minutes west (Providence, RI).
05-05-2011 03:34:44 | More by OrangeAmps
3.36/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Battleship Brewhouse is if nothing else a welcomed attempt to bring craft beer to Fall River. I don't think there is another bar in town with nearly the quality and selection Battleship has to offer. While I do think there is plenty here to satisfy the locals there are some details needing attention if this place is going to be on par with some of the better beer bars in Southeastern New England.
The bar is located in a strip mall. I joked with a friend about a bar being located next to a nail salon but she pointed out that it was the perfect place for a guy to wait while his wife/girlfriend gets her nails done so maybe there is some genius to it. The times I have been there I had no issue with parking or finding one of the eight seats at the bar, however I can't imagine this location being very inviting on a Friday or Saturday night. I think they have done a very good job of making the interior feel comfortable and inviting. The facilities look well kept up and clean.
The draft selections run the gamut of beer from pedestrian to inspired which I think is a good set up for a place introducing most of its patrons to craft beer. There are about 20 or so beers on draft. As a Rhode Islander I like the fact that they always have something I don't find on draft in Rhode Island. On one trip it was a Goose Island Imperial Stout. On another it was a Tuckerman's Pale Ale. If there is one reason I would encourage taking a trip from Providence to Fall River this is it. From what I have seen it is almost all American beers on draft with very little in the way of Belgian or other European offerings. Everything I have tried has been reasonably priced and served in the correct glassware.
Where the draft selections succeed the bottled beer selections fail. The line up is mediocre at best. There are no seasonal or limited batch offerings, it's all year round large batch stuff. No large bottles, just 12 and 16.9oz. bottles that match up to their beer club. If you're looking for an Abita, good news, they have 3. Looking for a Chateau Jiahu, good luck.
Then there is the beer club. I love and support any bar that establishes a beer club as a way of encouraging patrons to try different beers and rewards them for doing so. I am especially impressed that Battleship's beer club rewards its members with their own mug and extra large pours and not just a plaque on the wall. I am however completely confused by how they have set this thing up. The strength of the bar is in their rotating drafts and yet they force would- be club members to drink primarily the bottled beer line-up. As a reward for completion they get larger portions of the draft beer that they would have just as soon have purchased in the first place. I couldn't imagine wanting to order a Southern Tier Chokolat but needing to drink a Budweiser because the beer club requires you to drink a Budweiser. You would think you could substitute a domestic option for something better and more expensive but you'd be wrong. Each visit I heard club members debating which beers they were least looking forward to drinking. Is that what a beer club should be?
The service is passable but two problems. When I got my food the server was talking on the phone. I did not receive silverware and had to ask for it. It was like I was interrupting the phone conversation to get something I shouldn't have to ask for. The bigger issue is when I asked for a sample of a beer I was considering I was told samples were for CLUB MEMBERS ONLY. Are you kidding me? I had never visited a place I had read about on Beer Advocate that really wouldn't pour a 1oz. sample to a paying customer before he spent $6 on it. I've never visited a bar that made its customers feel like cheapskates trying to get away with something. I addressed this with management and got a polite and friendly response defending the policy. I'm sorry but the policy stinks and everyone I tell this to tells me they would never go back. I won't go that far but it created a needlessly negative impression.
On a positive note the food was very good. I'm not a food critic and I don't review food but I would not hesitate to order something off the menu in the future.
What I liked most about my experience at the Battleship Brewhouse was that a lot of the people there seemed new to the world of craft beer and I love that there is a place that provides an opportunity to increase one's beer knowledge in the absence of pretentiousness that might scare off some craft beer newcomers. I just wish their beer club would direct them to the best beers in house not the worst.
02-05-2011 19:46:06 | More by ThirstyGourmet
4.72/5 rDev +20.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Overall a great place!! Always new stuff on tap every time I go and I go pretty regularly. The food is pretty good and the pricing is awesome. The selection of beer on tap is great(Dogfish,Stone,Left Hand etc) as well as a lot of locals(Wachusett,Mayflower,Pretty Things,Harpoon etc.) The service is great as the bartenders really have a good beer knowledge and can speak intelligently on the selections.Pretty big bottle list as well.Overall definitely worth checking out if you live in the area!!!!
01-26-2011 02:21:23 | More by tlamond
2.88/5 rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Located in a stip mall near Al Mac's diner. The first time I went was with friends. It was very crowed, but we had to want quite a while before we were even "greeted". They have tried hard to add some character to the place, but it's hard to hide the fact that it's still in a strip mall.
There is a very small bar area, and the table area is also small. Still, the beer selection is nice, with several dozen offerings, nicely listed. Several taps, although they tend to run out of stuff often. The second time I went was mid-week, and had a fish sandwich. The food was very uninspiring. This is one area that needs to be greatly improved upon. The service could also use some work.
07-19-2010 20:11:37 | More by BogleHill
4.06/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Visited for the first time on 2/16/09, Monday lunchtime. It seems a bit small in area and not too many seats at the bar. I could see where space could be an issue on a busy night, but it was pretty cozy for lunch and a couple of beers. Everything was neat, clean and well-organized. Service was prompt and friendly, very willing to discuss the various beers. Selection is very good, at the time there was DFH 90 Minute, Tuckermans Pale Ale, Anchor Steam Beer and several other craft beers on-tap. Only 3 or 4 of the 16 taps were devoted to bigger brewers and out of those, all but one were used for beers from bigger brewers' attempts at competing with craft beers (Blue Moon, Bud American et. al.). The bottle selection is prominently displayed on the wall behind the bar I roughly counted approximately 60 and saw a good mix of local and mainstream craft beers. Their slogan advertises that they carry over 70 "and counting" and I read a quote from the owner where he stated that they had 83. Food was very good, but I'm not a tough critic on that. The prices were quite reasonable. Overall, this is a place that would visit frequently if I lived near it, and will try to go whenever I'm in the neighborhood, especially since there aren't many good beer bars nearby.
05-04-2009 19:32:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA
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